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to class this morning in newtown. but the children who attended sandy hook elementary will be home for another day. >> and there's a massive volunteer effort to get their new school ready for classes and there are many more funerals today. abc's t.j. winick joins was the latest. hi, t.j. >> reporter: good morning. as you mentioned, the first two of what will eventually be over two dozen somber funerals were held yesterday. ♪ this is the living memorial in downtown sandy hook, where a constant stream of locals and visitors come to remember those lost in friday's horror. in newtown, a funeral for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> she told him, i love you. >> reporter: a few miles away, another funeral. jack pinto, also 6, a big sports fan, whose favorite new york giants player, victor cruz, wore his name on his cleats during sunday's game. >> i was honored, man. i couldn't even express to them how great that made m
back to classrooms. millions of students and parents across the country in the wake of sandy hook. stay with us, everybody. you're watching "world news now." >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. it is easy to forget that christmas is just one week away, and schools, they're in their final days before holiday break. >> doesn't seem a lot like christmas time. but none of those days are likely to be as nerve-racking as yesterday was. that was the first day back since the connecticut shootings. abc's amy robach reports on what was an anxious monday for many. >> reporter: parents around innation dropped their children off at school. many holding on a little more tightly. a day of jitters. schools from new york to tennessee to texas all went on alert after fear ignited several false alarms, some bomb threats. others as minor as an umbrella mistaken for a gun. an elementary school in richfield, connecticut, just 20 miles from newtown, went into lockdown after someone reported a suspicious person. security on the minds of principal, it was a pri
at sandy hook elementary and we are learning more about the gunman, adam lanza, described as an awkward, peculiar kid who spent hours in the basement of his home where his mother reportedly stored her collection of firearms. >> jamie: we're also learning federal agents aren't getting the access they want. i wonder if those guns were locked up. i'm so interested. lawmakers say investigators know who some players are and not their specific roles adding the investigation is not where they'd like it to be. and the pain is still so unbearable in newtown, connecticut, looking at the percent of the victims buried today, the final three of them laid to rest, emilie parker, josephine gray and ana marquez greene, and, three of the girls, and it bears repeating. >> rick: rick leventhal joins us from our new york city newsroom with a fair and balanced look at the gun control debate. >> reporter: the nra chief has taken a lot of heat for his first public comments since the school shooting, that happened yesterday afternoon and he placed blame on hollywood and violent videogame makers for exposing ki
. flood warnings recovering from sandy. northeast into the new england could exceed 1 foot to as much as a foot and a half in some places. still some snow in the intermountain west, too as you go toward colorado and utah and extending to nevada and showers out along the west coast. by far and large the big storm is going out across the northeastern part of the country. tomorrow, another wave of cold moving into the northern plains, 18 to 21 degrees temperatures from billings to minneapolis and we are going to be talking about temperatures even chilling down to the 40s in atlanta tomorrow. generally 50s, 40s and some 50-degree temperatures along the eastern seaboard. that's the latest on that. harris? >> harris: nick, thank you, we will come back as the news warrants if we need to. this winter storm forcing airlines to delay or cancel thousands of flights. let's taker a look at the current situation at some east coast airports. the web site shows carriers have cancelled at least 1100 flights today alone. all of this happening right smack in the busiest travel season of the year and one
capacity magazines has raged since the shooting at sandy hook. a gallup poll found 53% agreed increasing police presence in schools would be very effective. a third said somewhat effective, 12% said not effective and 42% said banning the sale of automatic weapons and nor an third, 36% said it would not be effective. feel free to weigh in on my page at rick levanthol over the debate of gun rights and greater restrictions continues. >> heather: rick, thank you. >> gregg: search for justice in the benghazi, libya terror attacks. a scathing report placing blame squarely for security failures. while sparking new debates we have much closer look at the issue. >> heather: the word no one wants to hear, deadlock, can president obama and lawmakers find a solution before the january 1st deadline. >> gregg: and remarkable recovery just in time for christmas. how a community came together to help the church devastated by hurricane sandy. >> describe the damage. >> it was absolutely devastation. the church was devastated. lower level of church was totally under... [ loud party sounds ] hi, i'm ensure
the latest developments. sandy hook elementary school remains closed today, but newtown's other schools are reopening this morning for the first time since the shooting. >> as for the investigation, police hoped adam lanza's computer would provide some clues about a motive, but they say it has been badly damaged and so far those efforts have been unsuccessful. we're also learning that lanza had been assigned a psychologist when he was a student at newtown high school. we'll have much more on all of these developments coming up. >>> we want to begin with the news we just received this morning. nbc's richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria where they were held for five days. richard joins us now from turkey along with his photographer and producer. gentlemen, may i be the first to say it is so good to see your faces. richard, can you take us through and tell us what happened? >> yes, and it is good to be here. i'm very happy that we're able to do this live shot this morning. we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel controlled area. we
for the victims im the newtown tragedy. 20 students and six adults were 20 studeen days ago at sandy aok elementary school. the shooting only stopped when the s first responders arrived and the gunman, adam lanza, committed suicide. elaine quijano sat down with some of the first police ijanoers on the scene. >> we were going as fast as we have ever driven, any of us. and we were running for that building. >> reporter: what did you see? what did you hear? >> i -- i could hear shots. ep reporter: officer michael mcgowan entered sandy hook elementary with sergeant david enllgren and officer liam seabrook. seabrook knocked out the glass on a locked rear door so the officers could get inside. >> we were moving down the hallway and we don't hea >>> the officer knocked out the glass at sandy hook so the other officers could get merchandise. >> we didn't see or hear anything. >> we could basically just smell gun powder. >> at what point did you realize what you were dealing with? >> immediately. once i got there i myself knew pretty much what was going on. we didn't have specific details yet. it
that because of hurricane sandy, job creation might have been a little slower last month, the unemployment rate might have stayed a little bit higher. it turns out that sandy did have an impact, but not on the headline numbers. >> if you look deeper in the report, you do see that over a million workers who normally work full time were reduced to part-time hours during the reference week because of bad weather, and over 300,000 additional workers weren't able to work at all because of bad weather. >> reporter: and because of the way the labor department calculates or figures out and decides -- defines who is working part time, full time or working at all and when, sandy's impact did not show up in the overall numbers. but one thing did. as you mentioned, 350,000 people left the work force, about the same number stayed in, and that is what put downward pressure on the unemployment rate taking it down to 7.7. heather? heather: peter barnes reporting live from the white house, thank you. so what can the federal government do to kick start the economy and get more americans back to work in the new y
for sandy, that's part of the discretionary spending. >> and part of this is a snowball, right, so the cuts take place, they have their effect but they dampen consumer confidence. >> that's right. >> people are less confident, they spend less and hurts the economy more. >> if you look at what happened last year with the debt wrangling in august of 2011, consumer confidence dipped 30% and that was without the worry over tax hikes. >> even if it's not clear exactly what's going to happen in the fiscal cliff i'm hearing from retailers, they're saying we're feeling this. holiday sales were dampened by it, what happened next year as far as business hiring could be dampened as well. >> retail stocks are down. the stock market has been jittery and business is extremely worried. >> any silver lining at all? some good news? >> one silver lining if we go over the cliff it's possible that will create a political reset that will change the terms of debate and really focus things and get a deal done fingers crossed. >> part of that deal also another thing i hear from businesses
in for the day. lawmakers will continue work on a relief package for states affected by hurricane sandy, and funding for victims. we're expecting retiring senators kay bailey hutchison and jon kyl to come to the floor to give their farewell addresses. we could also hear more tribute speeches to why senator daniel inouye who passed away on monday. it was announced yesterday he will lie in state and u.s. capitol rotunda for public viewing thursday. and now live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain dr. barry black will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. o god of love, may your presence fill our lawmakers with your wisdom and power. may your wisdom lead them away from the pitfalls of delayed obedience so that they will seek to promptly do your will. make them a source of strength direct their actions, motivate their hearts, as they seek to begin this day with an unreserved commitment to you. god, give them your supernatural power, wisdom and guidance. for you know them, their needs, their motives,
york city firefighter. hundreds of people waited in lines to pay their respects to sandy hook principal dawn hochsprung, who, of course, died, as she protected her students. just this endless line of funerals. just to see the grief there. >> there have been so many. with 26 victims, i assume we still have some more to go. >> oh, yeah. not done just yet. a few more days of this. i heard of something awful. not to change the mood too much. i pulled this up, too. there was a fake website out there that was raising money for one of the deceased little boys and it came to the family's attention. and they obviously were outraged and rightfully reported to it police. >> it was noah pozner. the 6-year-old little boy. >> before you donate to anything, folks, make sure it's legit, because there is scum out there that would take advantage even of a tragedy like this. >> scam artists. >> so don't believe everything on the internet. >> despicable yet again. >> be careful what you donate to. just make sure it's legit, that's all. >> now a special offering from one of the nation's best elementary scho
. >>> barrelling towards the fiscal cliff. >>> and what a concert, superstars for sandy relief, some of the greatest music performers on stage for last night's all-star benefit concert. >> did you stay up? >> i knew it happening. >> there is sir paul mccarthy playing with nirvana. good morning. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> up first, new information about the 22-year-old sandwich shop worker who killed two people and critically wounded a teenager at a suburban portland mall. friends say jacob roberts was a happy young man until about a week ago when he quit his job and told his ex-girlfriend he was moving to hawaii. we are also learning more about the three people that robert shot. a dedicated hospice nurse, a former radio executive, remembered as a mentor and a jewelrymaker, and a 15-year-old girl who took a bullet to the chest but is expected to survive. dan simon is live from suburban portland. what else are you finding out about jacob roberts? you know, everybody is questioning what was the motive here? >> good morning. investigators have not found anything in ter
come on, rise up >>> and the stars come out for sandy. the biggest singers in the world rise up for a 12-12-12 benefit show for the ages. all for victims of the superstorm. the night ending in a massive chant, usa. just stop and listen to this incredible duo this morning. ♪ baby, we were born to run ♪ tramps like us baby, we were born to run ♪ >>> how about those jersey boys? springsteen and bon jovi. last night, what a night at madison square garden. so many stars coming together for the victims of sandy. there's paul mccartney playing with nirvana. we'll have a lot more of the amazing show right there. hello to robin at home. great to have amy robach here. and rachel smith is in for lara today. >>> and we have some chilling, new details about the gunman behind that horrifying shooting at the oregon mall. his ex-girlfriend is now speaking out, saying his behavior changed dramatically the week before the shooting. >>> we have video we couldn't stop watching. here is why. 10-month-old babies learning to swim, obviously, before they can walk. we sent our correspondent, lama
in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> enough is enough now. becoming a little bit too much. >> reporter: in the suburbs of new york city, where they're still struggling in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. by windy night, the heavy snow in connecticut reduced visibility and blanket the roads. >> frustrating, especially going down the hills. >> reporter: a similar scene in massachusetts, where drivers are taking it extra slow. the snow is causing headaches at the airports, over 7,000 flights stranded. and in the northeast, the weather system pounded parts of the midwest and spawn iing 46 tornadoes in the south including this one caught on a surveillance tape at a walgreens in ohio. >>> in kentucky, authorities were on the scene in dozens of accidents. in arkansas, thousands were left without power after the snow dumped 15 inches in part of the state. little rock saw its snowiest christmas ever. >> beautiful here but it is just too cold and the power is out and i don't like it when the power is out. >> i'm from iowa originally. i moved here about 30 years ago to get way from this. >> repo
in the recovery effort as super storm sandy struck the east coast. cuomo issued a statement part of which reads quote: we as a community mourn they're loss as two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones. david lee miller in our new york city newsroom with more on this. david lee, what more do we know about the gunman at this hour. >> william spangler was an ex-con. he beat his own grandmother to death back in 19 0. at the time he was charged with second degree murder but he pled to manslaughter. he was released from prison in 1998. until six years ago he was on parole. the local police chief said today that spangler's criminal past raises serious questions about how he obtained firearms. >> spangler was a convicted felon so it doesn't -- you know, he is not allowed to possess weapons. so, you know, did he legally possess those weapons? no. we have had all kinds of weapons larcenies in town and around the county and in wayne county as of late so i don't know where those weapons came from but we are certainly going to find out. >> there is still no known motive for the ram
the sandy hook elementary school. this morning at 9:30 eastern time, the country is invited to observe a moment of silence along with newtown. there's been an endless procession of grief to remember all of these victims. three more funerals will be held today. this morning at 9:30 eastern time in connecticut and across the entire nation, a moment of silence will be observed followed by the ringing of church bells. that will happen 26 times. cnn's poppy harlow is live in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, zoraida. you see the volunteers behind me here. 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they're working trying to keep this makeshift memorial beautiful for this town. it's one of so many that has sprung up across newtown. at 9:30 eastern this morning, the world will be grieving and remembering with this entire community, that moment of silence will be felt around the world. also, you're going to hear church bells ringing across this town 26 to 28 times for all of the victims. the president himself, the white house says, will also observe a moment of silence
of hot water for making nice with president obama in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> 2.8 million people without power. i've watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today, really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. you know, you see sights like the seaside heights board walk where the program "the jersey shore" is filmed, the boardwalk is gone. it is gone. music rides, roller coaster ride, in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> you've taken charge, as you've always done in these situations, in a very impressive way. people have been surprised you've been so outspokenly supportive and praiseworthy to the president. i'm not surprised knowing you but explain to me why you were happy to do that so close to an election when some might say politically that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than any election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people in my state when the president does this evenings that deserve praise, i will
for their slow response from superstorm sandy and getting power turned back on for those residents who were in the dark and the cold for a couple of weeks. our plans changed a little bit last night. we decided to spend the night in clarks summit because the road conditions deteriorated and we didn't want to go farther north. the borough president told me their snow totals were down last year and they were able to stockpile some of the salt from the roadways last year and that's what they're using for this storm. council president says they're happy this first snowstorm of the season hasn't been a major blizzard for them. >> we're on a good track this year and, you know, the weather, you take what you get. and, we're going to make lemonade out of it i guess. >> reporter: and for holiday travelers trying to make it home this weather has really thrown a wrench into their plans. a jetliner in pittsburgh actually got trapped somehow in the snow on the tarmac. as far as cancellations go, there were 1600 of them yesterday. more than 500 already today. and the airports in newark, new jersey, and al
at the polls. randi? >> thank you, tom. the nra statement came one week to the day of the sandy hook elementary shooting. across the nation a moment of silence, honoring those victims. [ bell tolls ] >> james mattioli, age 6. [ bell tolls ] >> in hartford, connecticut, a touching scene, the bell ringing for each of the victims, each little angel receiving their wings. >>> you are looking now at some live pictures of the white house and capitol hill, but the people who could get a deal done on the fiscal cliff impasse, well, they're not there. lawmakers have gone home for the holiday recess. and president obama and the first family arrived in hawaii just a short time ago. the president and lawmakers are expected to return thursday after the christmas break. before leaving washington, mr. obama and house speaker john boehner both expressed hope that a deal will actually get done. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle that the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more ameri
. but this idea that retail is soft, was it the fiscal cliff? was it sandy? was it some sentiment that came out of the newtown tragedy? it's hard to say. >> but it may be a combination of all of those. we got a sense from the guests we brought on earlier this week, on monday, that it was not a great holiday selling season, as we ended the last day before christmas. and all those may be the reasons, carl. i'm positive i didn't think people really understood the fiscal cliff. i may have been wrong. perhaps it was something that weighed on people's minds. the weather always at issue. it could actually have been warmer weather as well that contributed. we've had some analysts say that because people don't feel they have to go out and buy a coat. >> because it will never get cold again. >> except today, when it's 28 degrees. we'll see how after christmas does. internet also, it doesn't appear as online sales are up as p as anticipated. and perhaps they made up for the loss of the brick and mortar. >> you were pointing out before the show, luxury was not immune to this. you would think it would be mo
police. in the wake of sandy, and the week's long struggle for hundreds of thousands of power. another long island power authority bites the dust or the head. lipa steinberg said to quit yesterday. the power authority is currently under investigation for performance after the storm. he joins three other line lip that have quit. first twinkies and now you can say good by to bazooka joe. the makers of the stylish tasty gum getting rid of new iconic comic. it will feature activities and brain teasers. also being ditched is red, white and blue colors. being replaced like w. like fuchsia or yellow we like to salem monday. hit the shelves in january. >> we have got the gum. >> the gum is sticking around? >> bazooka joe the comic is gone. >> i'm all right with that. >> only beaming part to the gum was the comic. >> i disagree. do you like the stalish gum. >> the first two seconds was bad and then about the next 30 seconds was good. >> right. >> that's all you get. >> then it was all bad. >> pretty much all gum is like that anyway, isn't it it? >> no. >> and then your jaw hurts. >> and that se
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on right now. money for sandy, the money -- >> what's the latest on that? really quickly. >> the senate's got to pass it. amendments to be taken care of. you say you don't have enough time to do this legislation that will keep us from drifting in to a recession, we need to do the same thing, the same amount of courage to deal with sandy right away and stop nitpick this legislation. >> congressman -- >> new jersey and new york are presenters when it comes to taxes. our state's pay high taxes. when were there when katrina victims, that's beside the point of red or blue states. you do what you have to do. that's what needs to be done right now. not only is the budget critical right now, sandy's critical and a lot of other thing that is need to be done there. amt. >> all right. >> look at the folks -- >> congressman. >> don't have a payroll. >> congressman, i have to cut you off. >> okay. >> but thank you so much. >> thank you, craig. >> keep us posted on the progress if there is any. >>> we have developing news now from the senate. just moments ago, vice president joe biden swore in hawaii
in new york city, the rolling stones played a benefit concert for the victims of hurricane sandy. and tomorrow night, you can catch them right here on "nightline," where they'll be talking to my very lucky co-anchor bill weir. we hope you check in for "good morning america." we'll see you here tomorrow night. good night. >>> up next on an all-new "jimmy kimmel live" -- >> i haven't been this excited since 11-11-11. >> john krasinski. >> i knew that matt damon was a violent, pompous drunk and now you've proven it on television. >> mike birbiglia. >> now i'll stand for applause. >> the story of christmas as
at sandy hook elementary. >> these mass killings have to stop and we have to do everything we can. it will include looking at how many bullets do you need in a magazine in a semi-automatic weapon. >> on "meet the press," david gregory asked the nra's chief spokesman, why not bring back the ten-year ban that expired in 2004. >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. there are so many different ways to evade that. you had that for ten years when goin feinstein passed that in '94. columbine occurred right in the middle of it. it didn't make any difference. >> the prospect of a ban on macks or assault weapons had people in atlanta standing in line for more than an hour at a gun show. customers at this shooting ranging in arizona say those weapons are widely used by sports cnn guys that shoot clays, guys that shoot trophy animals, a lot of them are done with semi-automatics. >> a group representing mothers says it will fight hard for a ban. >> 80 million moms are not going to let the 4 million members of the nra drive the discussion on this. >> both sides are prepared for
to that? there was a bill introduced by the ways and means committee in the house, sandy levin that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it but he kobt kill it and then we moved to plan b, the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among the republicans it was so absurd. he meaning the speaker. so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. the house is not even here. he's told me he'll give them two days to get back here, 48 hours, not two days, 48 hours. they don't even have enough of the leadership here to meet to talk about it. they've done it with conference calls. people are spread all over this country because the speaker is basically waiting for january 3rd. now, the president campaigned on raising taxes on people making more than $250 thou,000 a year. the bush tax cut will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the el
it from happening again. mr. tonko: sure. absolutely. you know, the impact of sandy, representative garamendi, comes on the heels of last year's storm with irene and lee. a double whammy. that impacted several counties that i represent. and upstate new york was devastated. it was the loss of life, of lives. there was destruction to the public infrastructure, many businesses, farms and housing were destroyed. tremendously so. and the need to rebuild became very apparent. this year with sandy, the same sort of impact, this time in a very densely populated region of new york city, long island, and the southern portions of new york state. and so i think it's a stark reminder, a very real example, a very painful outcome that speaks to the need of investing, investing in our infrastructure. and so as we go forward there's also an opportunity to improve upon what existed at the time of these storms. for instance, in the energy networks, utility networks, we can do state of the art. we have taught other nations how to build those systems. it's time to do nation building at home. and i think
, the 12-12-12 concert that raised money for people who lost everything in hurricane sandy. hey, hey, you got me laughing ♪ ♪ hey hey you got me rocking ♪ hey hey you got me rocking ♪ . >> brian: the rolling stones, just one of the emotional performances. wnyw reporter theresa live outside madison square garden. a wild night. >> a wild night indeed. good morning, brian, good morning, everyone. for six precious hours, the victims of hurricane sandy put their troubles aside and they watched rock royalty jam out in a way many of us have never seen before. we are a region that unites in good times and in bad. last night was no different. we came together to help a neighbor in need essentially to say, hey, we have got your back. this show was billed as one of the greatest rock line - ups of all time. it did not disappoint. as you mentioned, we had the stones. we had the who. we had paul mccartney. we had bruce springstein. we had bill gee joel, eric clapton of the we had aeshah keys, the list goes on and on of the they played brand-new songs and they played oldies but goodies. the song
diving into the new year. trying to get back to normal for sandy hook students. the nra won't back down on its gun stance. the royal couple missing christmas with the queen. santa tracker gets competition. details on all those stories throughout the hour. but first -- new today, after refusing to let anyone ask him anything during a public statement friday, the ceo of nra is facing challenging questions today. this is from "meet the press." >> there is no new gun regulation -- >> this is what would work. >> if every -- >> i'm asking you a direct question. is there any new gun regulation you'd be willing to support? >> i'm giving you the answer. >> you're saying you should prosecute more criminals. >> i'm asking you if there's a new gun regulation after the debates of the '90s and so forth today, could we make the assault weapons ban better, any more effective? >> you want one more law on top of 20,000 laws. most of the federal gun laws we don't even adhere to. >> the other big story in washington, nine days until the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight with the president and congress home
of superstorm sandy. investors are still concerned about the looming fiscal cliff. >>> blizzard warning in up to six states. in arkansas the national guard has been called to provide ambulance service for residents. heavy snow and strong winds will lead to whiteout conditions across the ohio river valley. the heaviest snow is expected to move into western pennsylvania and new york state this afternoon. >>> hundreds of american families wanting to adopt russian children may have their dreams dashed. they have given final approval for a ban on such adoptions, seen as payback for a recently signed u.s. law imposing travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. >>> there are six days left until the u.s. crosses over the so-called fiscal cliff. in case washington doesn't make a deal we're doing our best to get you ready. every day we're taking a look at how the fiscal cliff if we go off the fiscal cliff how that will affect you from the increase in your tax bill to planning for your retirement. today we'll focus on your portfolio. ryan mack joins me via skype from detroit. >
for a permanent memorial honoring the 26 victims of the sandy hook massacre. all of the flowers letters photos and teddy bears will be turned into soil and blocks to be used atz the foundation of a future memorial. dozens of people singing mazing grace as they remembered the two firefighters murdered in western new york. ♪ i once was lost but now am found ♪ >> that community coming together to honor fallen heros. the two men were shot and killed during an ex-con's christmas eve ambush. for the first time we are also hearing from those who survived the attack some firefighters. a joint statement offered the pair's gratitude for all of the prayers they have gotten. doctors have upgraded both of their conditions to satisfactory. >> oo to maine where a dive team from the police department will use sonar to search for two students who went missing last week. the 21 and 23-year-old were last seen drinking with friends near kinney bunk port earl tlir week. a cop found their bloet clothing on a small island it remains unclear how the men got to the island but there's no indication of foul play. >>
violence in america after the tragedy at sandy hook. and we've been talking every day about how to keep our kids safe. well, tonight, "20/20" anchor chris cuomo went back to his old elementary school and talked to some children about their ideas on violence. >> the real monsters in the world are just regular people. >> reporter: fourth and fifth graders take on the tough questions that grip our nation. >> why would he do that? when did he get the urge to do it? >> why does it help you to know why he did it? >> it's happened, something made him do it, so you can stop that from happening to another person, making them do it again. >> reporter: and listen to what they say about guns. are guns bad? >> not always. >> guns can be good or bad depending who's using them. >> reporter: is the answer no guns? >> no. not exactly. >> reporter: let's say, i need a gun, sell me a gun, should i be able to get it right then? >> no. >> you should limit the amount of bullets that can be in a gun. >> reporter: why do you think this happened -- the gun or the culture of violence? >> the culture. >> reporter: ha
-atlantic, the result of hurricane sandy. nationwide, spending stalled in december with worries about the looming fiscal cliff and the tragedy in connecticut. >> we never got the christmas spirit back going running again. there were just so many distractions that were being thrown at the consumer. >> reporter: there were some bright spots. home furnishings, women's clothing and jewelry. many shoppers said the season of giving continues. >> i like giving, even to myself. >> that was john yang reporting. >>> as always, let us know why you're awake. send an e-mail to wayt waytooearly@msnbc.com and we'll read the best responses later in the show. no obscene responses. not going to read any of those. still ahead on "way too early," tim tebow is having a rough exit interview in new york, lashing out on critics who say he quit on the team after getting passed over for the third-stringer in sunday's game. that's next in sports. >>> plus, a massive aquarium bursts at a mall in china, mixing sharks with helpless shoppers. sounds like a place i was at over the weekend. we'll bring you that story and get an update
at sandy hook, the push is on to add more states to that list. arizona's attorney general wants every school principal or the principal's designee armed. in ohio, applications at one shooting course for teachers are up 20%. some gun advocates say arming teachers is a lot like arming airline pilots, simply knowing that someone on campus might be carrying a gun could be enough to stop the bad guys. in 1997, an armed high school vice principal in mississippi did manage to stop a 16-year-old shooter on a rampage. but there was also columbine. 15 people died and the armed security officer on campus and another one nearby could not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already plank another class for the next holiday break. >> i can go up and over. >> reporter: cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> our thanks to cecilia tonight. >>> we turn now to made in america tonight and to a hopeful headline from ford tonight. in fact, the automaker announc
, in the wake of the sandy hook school tragedy, a new plan from the controversial sheriff in arizona. he wants armed volunteers to patrol the schools there. we'll get into that debate. >>> then, we'll share with you a romance story 20 years in the making. it began with a simple love letter in elementary school. >>> plus, did you get the gift for the holidays that, well, just wasn't you? a record number of returns are expected this year. but did you ever wonder what happens next? we'll take you inside a warehouse where many of these items go and actually wind up getting resold at some pretty deep discounts. >> i like the sound of that, deep discount. we'll go shopping, too. >>> we begin this morning with the stormy weather blanketing parts of the northeast. dylan dryer has the latest. >>> yes flar, this time it looke southern new england will get the brunt of it. you see the warnings and advisories posted all across the northeast. basically stretching right down into ohio. and into parts of even northeastern kentucky. it's in southern new england from boston back into rhode island where we will
and callousness, but a complete disconnect from the people, she tweets that the victims of hurricane sandy are projecting negativity. she obviously has no connection to the real people. >> eric: she's probably the biggest celebrity meltdown of 11, 10. >> juliet: and keep on going. patrick. >> five years out of the past six. >> eric: there you go. >> kelly: you ask the question, where are the people who should be supporting her as well. >> juliet: elmo? >> kelly: we know what happened to him. >> eric: thank you patrick. >> juliet: where is hillary? word this morning she's heading back to work. so can we expect to finally hear from her regarding benghazi? one of the lawmakers fighting for answers coming up next. >> kelly: then we hated traffic until we saw this guy. the local reporter that dances his way through friday. >> juliet: i think we need to book him. ♪ a tree's falling ♪ . >> kelly: i love that. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it findone, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a
sandy, that was a natural disaster, to think that all this really is man made, still boggles the mind. >> sickening. especially with claims back to 350, decent number this morning. >> there is a little bit of interpretation to that. to think that the government, federal government certainly was closed on monday and tuesday, some of the state government was closed for both days, one of those days as well, saying maybe it came in a little bit light. some interpretation but funny to see all the headlines crossing this morning saying the futures were moving based on claims or the treasuries based on claims numbers and not what was going on on the fiscal cliff. >> a crummy start to the year we get a fourth strike on top of all that, true. >> not such a crummy year for japan. japanese stocks rallying you can the yen continuing its slide against the dollar in all the major currencies, in fact. asian markets mixed overnight trading. the nikkei climbing to a closing level not seen since just before the march 2011 earthquake, marking a third day of gains, mostly drive bine hopes for a new stimu
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, here's the top stories for you today. people on the eastern shore who were affected by superstorm sandy are getting some much- needed help. federal government has sent more than $1 million to aid to the sandy victims there. fema says they have received hundreds of applications for assistance and they are still processing those requests. >>> joe krivak has died. he coached from 1987 to 1991. the school reports he died tuesday night. in the 1980s he worked with standouts like frank wright. he was 77 years olds. >>> a check on the weather now before you head out the door. here's meteorologist mike masco. >> 41-degrees in town and outside the beltway into the 30s. so pretty chilly morning. lots of wind out there making our real feel numbers feeling like it's into the low and middle 20s and that will be the deal today. 39 your two degree guarantee mostly cloudy skies. it's a gusty wind we have a high wind advisory for the afternoon hours. a little bit of a breeze for friday. with a blend of sunshine and clouds. and then take a look. going into saturday, and sunday morning, wintry mix of some
? >> mostly weather in the northeast. super storm sandy knocked as much as 1.4% of northeast sales, 3.9 on the mid-atlantic but the fiscal cliff, consumers are taking note and this is the season for retailers. as much as 40 to 50% of sales occur in november and december. some dis counting 75% pre-christmas. >> so bad news for retailers but the weak sales could be good for consumers. >> i have been reading up on this. everybody and their mother, wal-mart, target, best buy, toys "r" us are putting on major discounts. they're better than usual. it's some kind of discounting, as much as 15% of holiday sales come in the next week. >> wow. what about online sales? it sound like they're up. >> christmas day alone online sales up 22.4%, 8% up season to season. more and more people shop on line abuse of the convenience, the ability to comparison shop. it's easier. if you don't think it's going to be up next year, i don't think what you're thinking because it grows and grows. >> and grows and grows. gerri willis, good to see you. >> thank you. >>> a live look now at the snow falling in clevelan
. >> the president is asking congress for more than $60 billion to help with sandy recovery efforts. he made the request friday on behalf of the state's hardest hit by the october storm. in a joint statement the new york governor and new jersey governor said the money would hen the states rebuild as well as help protect them from future storms. >>> the president of the philippines declared a state of emergency after visiting some of the hardest hit areas by the typhoon. helicopter footage shows the damage. the storm wiped out entire villages of 600 people dead and another 600 still missing. officials say that rescue operations have suffered a set back mostly because the survivors are just to shocked to help. there is also concern of food and water. >> yesterday marked the anniversary of pearl harbor and many paused to remember that day. in hawaii there was a moment of silence followed by a fly over at the time when the bombing started. the surprise attack by the japanese killed 2400 people and was the start of the united states involvement in world war ii. >>> in alameda pearl harbor surviv
a major civil trial in february. >>> a memorial for sandy hook victims and a show of support for tighter gun laws in new york. hundreds of demonstrators marched over new york city's brooklyn bridge and stopped in the middle of the bridge to read the names of the children and adults killed at sandy hook elementary. >>> it is christmas eve. around the world, key events are already under way. thousands are celebrating in bethlehem, the birthplace of jesus christ. at the vatican, both benedict will celebrate with a christmas eve mass at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. >> incredible live pictures. >>> a cyber war with santa right in the middle. if you and your little ones want to keep tabs on santa this holiday season, have you options. not one, but two santa trackers. that's right the ever reliable stand by at noradsanta.org, currently over russia, and google's new version, which includes games and activities, find that at google.com/santatracker. >>> dana. >> i think we could keep it old school with norad. we can try both. ahead on "starting point," the nra doubles down on calls forearmed police of
their gifts. i think we have seen a lot of things about fears about the fiscal cliff, superstorm sandy and tragic shooting last week, have all eaten into shopping time. >> i'm way behind. couldn't get out to the stores. what about the cost of making coins? it is getting so expensive that is it worth it? >> great question. this is actually really interesting. the u.s. mint in philadelphia released a would-year long report this week. they are showing that nickels and pennies actually cost more than two times their face value to manufacture now. blame this on the rising cost of metals like copper. the u.s. mint has been test driving different compositions to replace this and bring the cost down. haven't found anything yet. stay tuned there on this. >> they are on it. we will having bring it to us. >>> even though we have seen a drop in the unemployment rate, americans are less optimistic about the job market. only 19% in new gallup survey say it is a good time to find a quality job which is 5% lower than in november. on the other hand, 76% now say it is not a good time to find a quality j
. if that sounds familiar, it was one of the areas leveled by hurricane sandy. and a phi sparked by the storm, the 50-foot long whale is believed to be a female hump back. experts say the likelihood of it surviving isn't good. the whale appears to be very skinny and weak. >>> lathis afternoon, the late daniel inouye's successor will be appointed. brian schatz will fill the seat. he's flying to d.c. with president obama. he was widely expecteded to appoint colleen hanabusa to take over. before his death, inouye appointed her to take over. >>> there's a plan being considered in one state. >>> plus, a day at the office with one of the richest men in the world. a look at what's on warren buffett's desk. that's just ahead. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help ma
to higher elevations that at more northern latitudes, it's melting glaciers, whether it's hurricane sandy, event after event shows climate change is here. it's real. it's a threat. and we need to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. wind energy is a tremendous opportunity for us to do that. so if we let the production tax credit expire, we're risking losing manufacturing, we're risking veterans out of work, we're risking climate change. this is something we can't afford as a nation. the production tax credit is a very good investment in america and our future, and our manufacturing base. i urge all of my colleagues to consider helping to extend the production tax credits for our nation for our future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. according to "the boston globe," chen wu was beaten, choked, punched and held at knifepoint by a chinese national, wong chen, and that was in 2006. her attacker was sent to prison in texas, supposedly never to be heard of again, or so she though
putting in place on the heels of what took place at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. they wanted to do something, the mayor of that town said we will spare no expense, we must take care of our children and why they're putting armed guards in all of their schools, getting back to what the n.r.a. said, the n.r.a. wayne laperriere said the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a began and began a lot of talk and controversy out there, and how we should be responding. >> alisyn: it's part of the national dialog, whether that is the best deterrent or other ways to handle it. the mayor marlboro is a town i knew where, monmouth counties where i grew up. it's one of the pretty s and you can't believe there'd be an armed guard, but in this day and age the mayor said we've made a collective decision as a town we need armed security in each of our schools, with this new evil you can't sit there and hope it it doesn't happen in our town, you must protect our kids. and this is the raging debate whether it will protect the kids. there was an armed guard
% of the businesses are gone because of hurricane sandy, and also 70% to 80% of the residents cannot come home. so they're just trying to do their best to just get it back up and running and we're just trying to bring attention to it. >> you're nice to do that. >> we understand with a fan video, actually, that led to you getting involved. >> yeah, a girl named charlotte who is a 10-year-old girl from new jersey and, you know, new jersey, new york, huge parts of our lives as musicians that have given us this chance. so we owe it to them. >> doing great work. meanwhile, your career, man, you guys are doing incredibly well. you really are. >> welm, we're pretty amazing. >> that's what happens. >> you do say so yourself. it's always good to have you here, pat. >> always good to be here. >> all right. have a good holiday. >>> mr. roker, we'll have much more ahead, but first, let's go inside, natalie's got a check of the headlines. >>> u.s. officials tell nbc news that the syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people as president assad's regime is on the brink of collapse a
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